Arriva brings ‘green’ hybrid buses to Birkenhead

11 March 2013  •  Source: Arriva

Arriva Merseyside celebrated the arrival of its first fleet of hybrid technology buses as they rolled into Birkenhead this week. A special launch event took place at the Laird Street garage to welcome the eco-friendly, low carbon emission buses, which are due to hit the road on Sunday 24th March 2013.

The £9million investment follows a successful bid to the government’s Green Bus Fund resulting in the delivery of 33 new Volvo hybrid buses, which will be used on the popular Cross River Services – 407, 432, 433, 437, 464 and 472 operating between Liverpool and the Wirral via the Mersey Tunnel.

Howard Farrall, area managing director, Arriva Merseyside, said: “Arriva Merseyside is committed to delivering state of the art buses for our customers, which not only make bus travel more attractive with additions such as free WiFi and leather seating, but which also make a real difference to local air quality.

“Cleaner fuelled vehicles are the future of sustainable transport and we are delighted to be introducing the hybrid buses to our fleet.”

The hybrid buses will support delivery of the Liverpool City Council Air Quality Action Plan, the emission reduction goals in the Merseyside Local Transport Plan, and the environmental priorities of the Merseyside Integrated Transport Authority and Merseytravel.

Arriva North West have taken delivery of 44 Volvo B5LH double decker buses with Wrightbus bodywork, as part of the largest order of its type outside of London. The buses are part of a group wide campaign by Arriva to introduce more than £26.7m of new low carbon emission buses to its UK fleet. Arriva is funding £22.2m of the investment with the remainder provided by the Green Bus Fund.

The Green Bus Fund aims to help bus companies and local authorities in England to increase the number of new low carbon, eco-friendly buses on England’s roads.

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